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About The Womens Treatment Center

The Women's Treatment Center (TWTC) pioneered the state of Illinois' comprehensive residential substance abuse treatment services for women with children. We employ a "one stop shopping" model, designed to provide a variety of services and to erase women's barriers to available treatment. Most of our clients are Cook County residents.

The
 – more... Center is located on Ashland Avenue at Lake Street, on Chicago's Near West Side, in the building that formerly was the Mary Thompson Hospital. Dr. Mary Thompson founded the hospital in 1928, during an era when female doctors had difficulty finding work in other hospitals. The hospital was a place where female doctors could work and where women and children could receive special medical attention.

The hospital began with 14 beds - the same number of beds as TWTC had when it opened its doors 62 years later, continuing the legacy of providing special services for women and children. Since its incorporation on January 9, 1990, TWTC has grown tremendously. Today, the Center includes 80 residential treatment beds for pregnant women and mothers with young children, Outpatient Programming, a 16-bed medical Detoxification Unit, as well as two Recovery Homes for women with children.

At any given time, there are more than 70 children residing at TWTC with their mothers. The facility includes a fully licensed Infant-Toddler Daycare, a special Pre-Kindergarten Program staffed by the Chicago Board of Education that can accommodate 16 children; and a Crisis Nursery Program that provides 24-hour care to children whose mothers are in crisis. The daycare, pre-kindergarten, crisis nursery and parenting components distinguish TWTC from other women's treatment programs.

The Women's Treatment Center has become a national model for providing treatment and support services to women and children in a community based setting.

TWTC is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, which evaluates the facility and programs in the areas of health and safety, clinical programming, food and nutrition, physical plant, staff competency and others. This accreditation was renewed in 2002 for a third three-year period. We are licensed by The Illinois Department of Human Services, Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (OASA) for substance abuse treatment; Illinois Department of Children and Family Services for daycare and crisis nursery; and the City of Chicago for daycare.

Research has determined that a sustained period of substance abuse treatment enhances the ability of women in recovery to make lasting changes in their lives. Also, for women, treatment outcomes are further enhanced when they can bring their children with them into the treatment facility.

In response, TWTC has designed a continuum of care that can provide services to a family for a two-year period. Medical and social services, such as prenatal and pediatric care, clinic services for sexually transmitted diseases, HIV counseling and testing, and age 0-3 assessment and early intervention services are available on-site or through cooperative arrangements. Each of our on-site treatment programs and support services offers a different level of care. – lessMore from ZoomInfo »

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